I love spending a few hours in the seaside town of Sawtell. It’s a popular holiday spot, especially in summer, and it’s easy to see why. It’s got:
- great natural beauty,
- an attractive main beach (Sawtell Beach) tucked in between Boambee and Bonville headlands,
- picturesque Boambee and Bonville Creeks to swim, fish or paddle a canoe in, and
- a charming main street (First Ave) lined with great old fig trees, boutique shops and galleries and lots of al fresco cafés.
A great way to really enjoy all this beauty, if the weather is nice (which it can be year round), is to go for a stroll around Bonville Headland (also referred to as Sawtell Headland), look at the waves and the surfers, and to take a dip in the ocean, creek or rock pool.
Drive through First Ave (if coming from Coffs Harbour), turn left into Boronia Street and drive to the end. Park your car and go for a stroll or just sit down on a bench to take in the magnificent views across the ocean and south along Bonville Creek and Bongil Bongil National Park.
All you need to bring is your swimmers/bathers and a towel, and go for a swim in the ocean or in the bend at the mouth of Bonville Creek. The rock pool on the south of the headland is ideal to do some short laps, protected from the waves.
Of course, you can also bring your kayak, canoe, air mattress or other inflatable device and paddle up and down Bonville Creek. You’ll soon be surrounded by the trees and birds of Bongil Bongil National Park.
I must admit I don’t go to Sawtell often enough. I know it’s there, I know I love it there, I know it’s only 10 minutes by car from Coffs Harbour, but somehow I don’t often actually go.
Today though, we went for breakfast at the Sawtell Surf Club Café which is right on Sawtell Beach. It’s outside seating only (partly under cover), it has wide open views out over the ocean and serves fantastic food. I wouldn’t go anywhere else after a swim in Sawtell, as you’re virtually still on the beach!